Institutional or individual donors make your educational life easier. Remember that donors are helpful people and simply supporting you. You are not being adopted. An honest and sincere relationship with them will ensure their future support in later years of your education.
1. You can send e-mails or short messages from time to time. You can inform them about the grades that you have received and explain how their donation changed your life in a positive way in your own words .
2. You can celebrate their new year and holidays via e-mail or phone.
3. You can share positive developments that you find important in your life.
1. Once a quarter, you can thank donors for their scholarship contributions and mention some positive aspects about your life.
2. You can also mention that, you can make monthly economic plans because you are receiving the scholarship regularly.
3. You can share your future plans and goals, and you can explain how this was made possible by their donations.
1. Avoid sending frequent e-mails, which may bore the donors. They may not have time to read your e-mails and respond to you every day.
2. You should always be kind, honest and polite. Always address the donors formally.
3. Never ask for more than what the donors have provided and never complain about the amount of scholarship even if you feel that it's too low.
4. You must choose the right time and means of communication. For instance, an elderly donor may have difficulties with e-mailing. For such people, SMS or phone calls may be more appropriate.
5. Make sure to ask how they are and see if there is anything you can do for them. Such questions will be greatly appreciated.
6. Some donors like to talk a lot. You should pay close attention to what they are saying. Never interrupt or argue with them during conversation.
7. You should avoid religious or political discussions. Donors may have totally different opinions or behaviour on these subjects than you may have.
8. Avoid questions regarding donors' private lives and affairs. Simple questions such as their date of birth for sending cards are acceptable.
9. Never try to arouse pity or request sympathy from the donor. Our experience is that, donors react negatively to this kind of behavior and usually discontinue the support the following year.
10. If you are receiving a scholarship from a donor through an institution, do not ask the donor whether he/she will continue supporting you the following year. Let the institution do it for you.